Faces and Spaces of Justice; Raziel Tarot


Justice – Tarot

Rachel Pollack and Robert Place’s Raziel Tarot, the Divine Feminine, the Shekinah, lights candles just as Jewish women do each Friday night to begin the Sabbath. Through this simple practice performed at the kitchen table, the world is renewed. In using this image for Justice, the Raziel Tarot teaches us that justice, too, can be renewed.

Rachel writes: “Our lives, our very existence, are an ongoing gift, one that is renewed at every moment, with every breath and this depends mystically, emotionally, even physically on our commitment to Justice.”

That commitment to Justice is shown in acting in diverse ways. As Rachel writes, in mystical, emotional, and physical ways. Mystically, rituals such as the lighting of the candles to enact the remaking of the world is an act of justice, Emotionally, opening your heart to the pain of injustice experienced by others and yourself is an act of justice. Physically, showing up in public (at a large rally or in a conversation with a neighbor) to say no to injustice and yes to your visions of future where all are respected is an act of justice

Rachel opens her meditations on Justice with a line from Deuteronomy: “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” and notes that words are rarely repeated in the Torah. The repetition of Justice could be for emphasis or, as Rachel posits, could be a call for Justice in both the spiritual and earthly world. I hear it as a call for we humans to recognize our responsibility for bring Justice into being. We must be active in its pursuit.

While we must be active in bringing Justice into being in our world, it is also naturally occurring in the cosmic balance. I saw this in the stars above the Shekinah’s head. They show us as existing within an eternity beyond time where the patterns are clearer from a distance.

So the Raziel Tarot tells me: Work for Justice. Trust in Justice. Dedicate each small practice to the renewal of Life and Justice.


I was so pleased to welcome Rachel Pollack to the August moonthly Faces and Spaces of Justice chat and meditation. You can listen to her wisdom and stories on the recording followed by a guided meditation. To find out about future calls, subscribe to my moonthly e-news in the sidebar.

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